Health Care Innovation Awards: Project Profile


Project Title: "Dissemination of the aging brain care program"
Geographic Reach: Indiana
Funding Amount: $7,836,084
Estimated 3-Year Savings: $15,659,916


The Aging Brain Care (ABC) program incorporates the common features of several evidence-based collaborative care models into one program designed to deliver high quality, efficient medical care to older adults suffering from one or both of these conditions. The ABC program was implemented as a small pilot within Wishard Health Services and, now in operation for over 2 years, has progressed through multiple quality improvement cycles to effectively serve more than 200 patients and their informal caregivers. The services of the ABC program will be expanded to serve more than 2,000 Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with dementia or late-life depression across the entire county-wide system of community health centers and to Indiana University Health Arnett primary care. The goals of the project are to reduce the behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, improve patients' or informal caregivers' satisfaction and access to care, improve the quality of dementia and depression care, and reduce acute care utilization for patients and their informal caregivers. The ABC program will develop and deploy a robust workforce training program capable of producing 26 care coordinators and care coordinator assistants.

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